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THE BEST STAIN REMOVAL FOR ALL YOUR CLOTHING

One tablespoon of classic Dawn liquid – the blue stuff
One cup of hydrogen peroxide

Dab onto stain with a clean cloth or sponge.

This can remove red wine, blood, yellowed stains from sweat and deodorant, grass, even stains that have been laundered and are old.

On Thanksgiving we tried this with an old off-white muslin tablecloth with a blue, tan and berry colored pattern. A glass of Zinfandel spilled over a large portion of the fabric. After trying all the classic remedies (like cancel red wine with white wine) and having little success, I went onto Google and found a few recipes.

The recipe for this best stain removal got the most traffic and comments online, and was the only one that worked. And boy did it work: without even rinsing the red was COMPLETELY gone, the print was not affected; it didn’t bleach the off-white color. It was as though the wine was never spilled.

I have since used it on heavier duty fabrics with an old clean toothbrush, and have poured it directly onto stains to pretreat before washing. I have used this combination on synthetics, natural fibers, and even dry clean only fabrics like silk! The best, cheapest, and most effective stain remover I have ever used!


31 Comments

31 Comments

  • Joanne September 22, 2018

    How much of dawn to peroxide do we use what was the ratio
    Thank you

    • Alison Gary September 26, 2018

      One part Dawn to two parts peroxide, though I’ve found if it’s not exact it still works great.

  • Pat Frank July 6, 2018

    I have makeup on my “silk” blouse. I have put dawn on it and some of it came out. Can I still use the dawn and peroxide on the silk blouse? Also, can spot clean or do I have to wash it?

    • Alison Gary July 9, 2018

      I have tried it on faux silk no problem, but I did was after on the gentle cycle because the solution will leave a spot.

  • KR March 6, 2018

    Do you know if the non-concentrated DAWN works as well as the concentrated?

    • Alison Gary March 6, 2018

      I’ve used the Dawn I find in the grocery store and it works great. Just use the Blue Dawn, none with additional ingredients.

      • KR March 6, 2018

        Thanks for the quick response! I’ll try it with the non-concentrated…it’s blue too.

  • mandycat February 26, 2016

    You can mix this up one part Blue Dawn and two parts hydrogen peroxide and it works just as well. I removed some red wine stains from a tee-shirt yesterday (the ultimate test.)

    One tip: If you make up enough to have some left over in a bottle, LABEL THAT BOTTLE. Otherwise you will be like me, rummaging through cupboards, wondering where that bright blue stuff went to and where that spray bottle of clear liquid came from. It took me ten minutes to realize that the peroxide bleaches out the blue in the Dawn. The Mystery of the Missing Stain Remover solved!!

    I believe hydrogen peroxide loses its potency after being exposed to light and air so don’t make up too big a batch at a time.

  • Tiffany December 19, 2015

    Do you need to make it fresh each time or can it be saved in a container and used when needed?

    • Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen December 19, 2015

      Unfortunately it needs to be fresh each time to get the power of the peroxide. I’ve gotten to where I gauge a squirt of Dawn, a splash of peroxide and dab (or if it’s tougher fabric, scrub). I keep both at my washer and often use as a pretreater!

    • Margaret Haugen January 22, 2018

      I mix a full bottle then put it back in the peroxide bottle and put the sprayer nozzel in that. The dark bottle keeps it active.

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  • Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen April 14, 2015

    Yep, the classic Dawn dishwashing liquid!

    When I used to do
    wedding coordination we would use Shout wipes on the fabric – most
    fabrics like organza, satin, etc. have a bit of synthetic fabric in them
    which makes them really receptive to classic stain removers. Just try
    in a hidden place first.

  • Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen June 18, 2012

    It is liquid dish washing liquid 🙂

  • Belatedbloomer June 18, 2012

    What is DAWN? Is it liquid detergent, dishwashing liquid, fabric conditioner? I haven’t come across it here so I’m hoping to find an equivalent as I have A LOT of old stains to remove! Haha!

    http://thebelatedbloomer.blogspot.com 

  • Belatedbloomer June 18, 2012

    What is DAWN? Is it liquid detergent, dishwashing liquid, fabric conditioner? I haven’t come across it here so I’m hoping to find an equivalent as I have A LOT of old stains to remove! Haha!

    http://thebelatedbloomer.blogspot.com 

    • Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen June 18, 2012

      It is liquid dish washing liquid 🙂

    • Elizabeth July 23, 2018

      Where can i get it the name of the store please help

      • Alison Gary July 23, 2018

        I’m not sure what you’re asking. The post is about peroxide and Dawn, both which can be found at Amazon and many markets.

  • liznewark December 7, 2008

    Allie do you know if this would work on sample sale items that have sample written on them?

  • Katie December 6, 2008

    What perfect time for me to find your blog!!!! I spilled on myself just last night! Hope this works!!!

  • Paula December 4, 2008

    I can’t wait to try this- thanks for the tip!

  • Allie December 4, 2008

    Yep, the classic Dawn dishwashing liquid!

    When I used to do wedding coordination we would use Shout wipes on the fabric – most fabrics like organza, satin, etc. have a bit of synthetic fabric in them which makes them really receptive to classic stain removers. Just try in a hidden place first.

  • Anonymous December 4, 2008

    Hi Allie, thanks for the recipe and i have to say that i love your blog. guess what, i’m egyptian so you have an expanding readership! i just would like to make sure that the Dawn liquid is the dish liquid stuff, is it so? I would love to use that recipe on my wedding dress that “drank” a whole glass of RED wine at the end of my wedding SEVEN months ago and i have been hesitant to use anything on it since and wasn’t sure even what to use. i’ve tried a hydrogen peroxide and washing liquid mix once on a white shirt and it worked perfectly after soaking it for a few hours. i hope this works too. my dress was not lace, was some fluffy kind of organza.

  • MandyPandy December 4, 2008

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  • Allie December 3, 2008

    Ooooh haven’t yet tried on silk. If it does that would be AWESOME!!! 😀

  • MandyPandy December 3, 2008

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  • Margot December 3, 2008

    I use dawn undiluted on salad dressing oil spots on my tops (I never fail to drop what I’m eating on my shirt front),it has removed stains even after they have gone through a dryer session. I learned about it from washing raw sheeps wool in preparation for hand spinning, it is a gentle grease cutter. I keep a huge bottle under the kitchen sink and one of the small bottles on the counter and in the laundry room. I will try it with the peroxide though on tougher stuff.
    Thank you for the recipe!

  • RK December 3, 2008

    Yup! I used this LAST year for thanksgiving, on an expensive off-white tablecloth with a fall leaf pattern that had an entire glass of red wine spilled on it. I’ve since used it for (pardon me) menstrual blood stains. It works perfectly for that too.

    You don’t even need to dab – you just can just pour straight from whatever you mixed it in. I guess that uses up more solution, though.

  • Hi Kooky December 2, 2008

    Thank you! I already have a few things in mind that could use this treatment… And it’s so simple!

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